The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is seeking the views of residents and businesses on plans for a potential new prison in Buckinghamshire.
In line with the government’s commitment to create four new prisons by the mid-2020s, the Ministry of Justice has been looking at potential new prison sites where we have space available to develop quickly and in locations where forecasted future demand for places will be the greatest.
The MoJ believes that land adjacent to the current HMP Grendon/Springhill (and owned by the MoJ) is an appropriate location for one of these new prisons.
No final decision has been taken on whether to formally progress these proposals and no planning application has yet been submitted to Buckinghamshire County Council. This exercise is an opportunity for the Ministry to hear views and receive feedback from local residents, business and public services before any formal decisions are taken.
Should we progress with our plans in Buckinghamshire, we want a new prison to have a positive impact to the local area and economy and we are confident we would achieve this aim. Based on our success at HMP Five Wells at Wellingborough, we anticipate a new prison here will create hundreds of jobs for the local community with up to 1,000 people working on site at any one time during construction.
Once the prison is up and running, it will create around 500-600 permanent jobs for the local community.
Through the construction of the new prison, we will create opportunities for people to be trained in construction skills and opportunities for businesses – helping boost the local economy.
You can make your views known here